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Lexington may be most well-known for the history associated with two schools, W&L and VMI, but when we have family and friends in town, these are some of the things we usually see and do.

Lexington Museums

While everyone on campus is familiar with Lee Chapel, many visitors are also interested in the Stonewall Jackson House, George C. Marshall Museum and even Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.


Lexington Carriage Company

Take a journey to simpler times with a horse-drawn carriage tour around the center of town.  Many visitors also enjoy a walking tour through the streets of town to see historic homes, well manicured front yards and gaze in local storefronts.


Void of clustered shopping malls and hectic traffic, a shopping experience in Lexington is like none other.  Just a few examples of local businesses include Books & Company, Alvin-Dennis, Pumpkinseeds, Virginia Born & Bred, Walkabout OutfittersWashington Street Purveyors, and the nationally-ranked Cocoa Mill. In the warmer months, don’t forget the Lexington Farmers Market on Wednesdays downtown and the Rockbridge County Farmers Market on Saturdays at the Virginia Horse Center.

Other Attractions

Blue Ridge Parkway

If you have time on a trip to Charlottesville or Roanoke, then head on up to this scenic route and enjoy the pull-off areas for spectacular views anytime, but particularly at sunup and sunset.

Rockbridge Vineyard

The closest vineyard outside of Lexington, locals enjoy reasonably priced wines and summer music just 20 minutes north of town.  Other notable Virginia Vineyards within driving distance include Barboursville (1.5 hours north) and Veritas (1 hour north).  Leave some time to visit historic Wade’s Mill, just down the road.

Virginia Horse Center

Events held year round are of utmost interest to any equestrian.  Also hosts the Rockbridge County Fair each summer.

Generals Athletic Events

A member of Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference, W&L student-athletes may have the most convenient away games, with most schools within an hour or two radius of Lexington.  Any given evening students may catch their classmates in action, recognized by their blue trident logo.  While many lacrosse fans look forward to the Lee-Jackson Lacrosse Classic each fall between W&L and VMI, the Keydets and be seen in Division I action throughout the academic year as well.

Natural Bridge

Geologists love it for its rock formations, historians love it for its presidential graffiti, and everyone else enjoys the magnitude of this beautiful natural rock bridge. Near the aptly-named Natural Bridge Hotel, this attraction makes for a scenic, short expedition in to the countryside of Rockbridge County.

Community Events

Entertaining events of all kinds throughout the year include the hot air balloon festival around the Fourth of July, the five Friday’s Alive free summer concert series by the Jaycees, Rockbridge County Community Festival on Main Street, Lexington Christmas Parade and various other festivals.


What’s not to like about oddly placed replicas?  Near Natural Bridge, this kitschy attraction may not take up much time, but certainly is memorable.

Further Afield

Salem Red Sox Baseball

Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, this family-friendly ballpark hosts breathtaking views of the mountains and low-priced fun on summer evenings.  Additionally, the Rockbridge Rapids, during June and July, play as a part of the Valley Baseball League on W&L’s own field.

The Homestead and The Greenbrier

Two resorts, each just an hour or so west of Lexington, these provide amazing dining options, pampered overnight stays and a variety of resort activities.

Route 11 Potato Chips

Not exactly near Lexington, but on the way to or from Washington, DC.  If you time it right, your visit to the chip factory will allow you to see the production line in action and you will always be able to sample the variety of flavors made on site.